If only. Advice from great painters I admire was always “Have you looked at Diebenkorn?” NO!NO!NO! and why? Because there are no bloody Diebenkhorns in Australia to look at. All painters know that you can’t study a painter from books, no sorry, you can! but there is nothing like the real thing for the student, to get in close and sometimes even whiff the oil. If I hadn’t gone in search I wouldn’t have seen those thick luscious marks made by Philip Guston.
So I took myself on an art trip to study those brush marks. One side of the USA to the other. I have looked at Diebenkhorn. Wow.